The Shape of Water leads race for British Academy Awards

The Shape of Water leads race for British Academy Awards

Some expressed disappointment that once again there were no women, such as Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), on the best director list, although five female directors were named in other categories, including Angelina Jolie in the foreign-language film category for First They Killed My Father.

Over at Film4, there was delight for the success of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri so soon after it emerged triumphant in L.A. on Sunday.

Christopher Nolan's World War II thriller, "Dunkirk", and the romantic drama "Call Me By Your Name" rounded out the best film category.

In the acting categories, Call Me By Your Name's Armie Hammer and The Shape of Water's Richard Jenkins will be disappointed not to secure nominations.

"We're so delighted to have been recognised by BAFTA for our debut film", said William Oldroyd (Director), Alice Birch (Writer) and Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly (Producer).

BAFTA chair Jane Lush gave a nod to the Golden Globes, where women actors had draped themselves in black to protest the culture of sexual misconduct and abuse of power in Hollywood, exposed after the Harvey Weinstein revelations. There was no room for these behemoths at the Baftas, despite its eligibility for selection and seven nods at the Golden Globes.

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"I'll see you on the night", Lumley said, wrapping up her hosting announcement.

Director Guillermo del Toro on the set of The Shape of Water. It also picked up a slew of production nominations, including costume design, special visual effects and production design, as well as cinematography.

British Academy Film and Television Awards released their list of nominees today. Guillermo del Toro is nominated for both director and original screenplay, Sally Hawkins for leading actress and Octavia Spencer for supporting actress. Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson both received nominations for supporting actor.

BAFTA also announced "Absolutely Fabulous" star Joanna Lumley as the next host of the film awards ceremony.

Winners will be announced on February 18, two weeks before the Oscars.

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